Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Niagara Peninsula of Ontario!

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Scoping June

Shorebirds and late Neotropical migrants are wrapping up the spring migration in the first week or so of June. Local breeding birds are busy nest building and rearing future generations. Now is the time to catch up with birds you may have missed during spring migration!

The Iroquois NWR complex is high priority on many birder's itineraries this time of year. Species such as Cerulean and Prothonotary Warblers which are rare to stumble upon during migration can be found breeding within the swamps and wet woods of Iroquois. Black Terns are hawking insects and looking immaculate in their high breeding plumage. Cayuga Overlook is a great spot to observe these terns. On quiet mornings, visitors may hear the call of Least Bitterns in the cattail marshes.

Two other species that breed locally but are rarely seen during migration are Louisiana Waterthrush and Acadian Flycatcher. These two species can be found near the Eternal Flame at Chestnut Ridge SP in Orchard Park, NY. Broad-winged Hawks nest in this forest as well.


The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

 BOS Membership  

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

  Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!

Jun 23, 2018

Field Trip - Tillman WMA

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Leader: Seaghan Coleman (716) 435-7753, seaghanc@gmail.com
Meet at 7:30am in the parking lot at 10343 Tillman Road.

Join Seaghan for a half day walk through the Tillman WMA. We will focus on seeing the locally rare Upland Sandpiper and Grasshopper Sparrow. These species nest in the grassland portion of the preserve. Other species of interest include Bobolink, American Kestrel and Eastern Meadowlark.

We will also take a walk through the wooded portion of the preserve which features wetlands. Bring bug repellent for the mosquitoes!


Jul 06, 2018

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

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UPDATE - Two spaces have just opened up. If interested, please contact alechumann@msn.com asap!
BOS Leader Alec Humann, (716) 604-2971, alechumann@msn.com

Last year's trip was a huge success! Joan Collins, our local guide, indulged us with many great birds and memories.
This time around we are going to switch up the itinerary a bit. We will have ONE day in the Central Adirondacks and focus on Boreal Chickadee, Olive-sided Flycatcher and Black-backed Woodpecker. It should be a good breeding season for Crossbills and we should enjoy seeing both species. Of course there's always that wild card of what goodies Joan will have up her sleeve to share with us this year!
The second day of having Joan as our guide will be spent in the Saint Lawrence Valley. This is very different habitat and will offer us different birdlife such as localized breeding birds; Henslow's Sparrow and Golden-winged Warbler.
We will have a travel day in between our two days of guiding. On this day we will caravan to our hotel in the valley and bird along the way, stopping at Tupper Lake marsh and a few other choice locations.
The final itinerary is being worked out by Joan now and Ill amend the trip description here as it becomes available. Space is limited to 20 participants. If you are interested, please email Alec at alechumann@msn.com to get your name on the list. We will have a meeting or group email discussion to iron out the details at a future time. Similar to last year, participants will book their own hotel rooms, make their own travel arrangements and be responsible for their meals. Last year's guiding fee for Joan was $100/person and that will likely remain the same if we fill the trip.


Jul 07, 2018

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

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This will be our full day of guided birding in the Central Adirondacks with Joan Collins. We will focus on seeing birds that we missed last year or that only part of the group saw(fleeting glimpses)...Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker and Olive-sided Flycatcher. The habitat that these birds are found in also gives us the possibility of seeing old friends such as Crossbills, Spruce Grouse and Gray Jays.
After this long day of birding we will relax on the porch of the ADK Hotel at Long Lake and enjoy a group dinner!


Jul 08, 2018

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

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Today we will bird without Joan. If we missed any species yesterday, we will try to mop up today. We will bird the Shaw Pond area in hopes of seeing American Bittern, VA Rail and various ducks. After Shaw Pond we will drive toward Newcomb and out towards the Boreas River. We will travel through patches of boreal forest and stop along the way to bird.
We will get back to the hotel for checkout and have lunch. After lunch, we will travel north towards the St Lawrence Valley. Along the way we will stop at Tupper Lake to bird the marshes and see if the Sandhill Cranes are back. Last year we had winnowing Snipe as well!
Continue on to the town of Evans Mills (near Fort Drum), check into hotel, group dinner and lights out.


Jul 09, 2018

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

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Today we will be up pre-dawn to meet up with Joan Collins, our guide. We will spend the day birding in Jefferson County. Grassland habitats should produce Henslow's, Grasshopper and Vesper Sparrows. Transitional habitat in the valley will hopefully reward us with breeding Golden-winged Warbler.
We will visit Perch River WMA and areas north of Redwood, NY.
Ill check with Joan about a lunch stop during the day. It will be a long day of birding so I recommend spending the night (again in Evans Mills) and heading home Tuesday morning. For those spending the night, we can have our final group dinner and recap all the fun we had!


Jul 10, 2018

BOS Travel Trip - Adirondacks and St Lawrence Valley

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Today is a travel day home.



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